“The Forbidden Conversation” written and performed by GILI GETZ. A personal journey into the past and future exploring the difficulty of talking openly about Israel.
About the play:
While visiting Israel during the last Gaza war in 2014, Gili experienced difficulty talking about the path Israel is on with his father for the first time in his life. Finding himself in a forbidden conversation with his dad, and worried that it might strain their relationship, Gili embarked on a journey to understand the most complex, sensitive and contentious topic in the Jewish community — Israel. Having come of age politically while serving as a military photographer during the turbulent Oslo accords and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Gili turned to photography, hoping it would help him once again make sense of a painful political argument. The result is “The Forbidden Conversation,” developed during the artist fellowship LABA (Laboratory for Jewish culture) at the 14th Street Y, and premiered at the Center For Jewish History in the spring of 2016.
The performance is followed by an open discussion about the challenging conversations we have with family, friends and our community concerning the future of Israel the American Jewish community and ways to process fundamental differences and disagreements.